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  • hiddentreasurescruecds Mar 19, 9:36 a.m.

    So two years of the GOP running the legislature with a "laser like focus on jobs" and this is where we are?

    Maybe instead of the GOP focusing on everyone's private lives or trying to pass vindictive legislature they should actually focus like a "laser" on jobs like they campaigned on.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:59 p.m.

    woohoo, you dismissed the report as old, I have proven it's current and while it only shows one month, this has been the trend, go ahead, you can look it up yourself.-Nancy

    Because you can't prove your claim it is my job to disprove it? Disprove blue is my favorite color first!

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:58 p.m.

    Woohoo - you just can't stay current can you?

    just in case you want to look ....

    http://ycharts.com/indicators/us_public_debt_gdp- Nancy

    Same data different graph...does old data now change or lose its flavor?

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:56 p.m.

    "after the total collapse in 2008"

    timexliving,

    -WooHoo, always living in the past when you can blame Bush.

    I did not know dates were the same as blame.

    - Your man Obama is in his second term now. Blaming Bush doesn't work anymore

    So how does Bush get so much create for "laying the groundwork?"

    - Those aren't talking points; their facts. Facts are something you just can't handle.

    Your OPINIONS are now "facts?" Okay...sure.

  • Ex-Republican Mar 18, 7:50 p.m.

    "after the total collapse in 2008"

    WooHoo, always living in the past when you can blame Bush. Your man Obama is in his second term now. Blaming Bush doesn't work anymore. Obama has failed miserably on his economic promises. Those aren't talking points; their facts. Facts are something you just can't handle.

  • Nancy Mar 18, 7:49 p.m.

    Woohoo - you just can't stay current can you?

    just in case you want to look ....

    http://ycharts.com/indicators/us_public_debt_gdp

  • Nancy Mar 18, 7:46 p.m.

    woohoo, you dismissed the report as old, I have proven it's current and while it only shows one month, this has been the trend, go ahead, you can look it up yourself. Anyone paying attention knows this is not a blip on the radar screen.

    Our economy is treading water, been treading water for years and years now.

    Paint it with any brush you choose.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:38 p.m.

    "Last quarter the nation's GDP was in the negative. "

    And let's not even tell them about the debt to GDP ratio, which is rising faster than the tide ... that would cause all kinds of spinning!- Nancy

    The last quarter was .2 percent (lets ignore the other three because those don't count in your world) in the negative and does your "gas buddy" link show you debt to GDP ratio after the total collapse in 2008 or do we just start counting those things when a republican leaves office?

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Publicly_Held_Federal_Debt_1790-2012.png

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:31 p.m.

    It's time for people to stop drinking the Kool Aid and wake up.- timexliving

    From a guy whose entire argument is basically copied and pasted from published talking points??? Kool Aid? Divert Attention? Economic failures? Anemic Growth? Can't believe you left out "uncertainty"....LOL!

  • Nancy Mar 18, 7:27 p.m.

    "Last quarter the nation's GDP was in the negative. "

    And let's not even tell them about the debt to GDP ratio, which is rising faster than the tide ... that would cause all kinds of spinning!

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:25 p.m.

    Nancy,

    Okay...lets try this again for you. One slow month is not proof the sky is falling no more than one cold day in July disproves summer.

  • Ex-Republican Mar 18, 7:20 p.m.

    "So you pick a single month...from months ago as your proof....WOW....." WooHoo, face the facts. This is a recovery in name only. Last quarter the nation's GDP was in the negative. Nationally job growth is anemic. Meanhwile, our Dear Leader has used a tragedy in Newton, CT to divert national attention from his econimic failures. Meanwhile, most of the people who voted him into office both times, ethnic minorities and the poor are the ones most adversely effected by Dear Leader's incompetence. It's time for people to stop drinking the Kool Aid and wake up.

  • Nancy Mar 18, 7:09 p.m.

    Let's try this again for the challenged ones ...

    Today's news - dated 3/18/13

    Jobless rates rise in January in half of US states
    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Associated Press – 7 hrs ago

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months.

    The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates rose in 25 states. They fell in only 8 states and were unchanged in 17.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:03 p.m.

    The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates rose in 25 states. They fell in only 8 states and were unchanged in 17."

    Yup this economy is really recovering!- Nancy

    So you pick a single month...from months ago as your proof....WOW.....

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 7:01 p.m.

    "NATIONAL unemployment rate at a 5 year LOW.."

    Wrong.. Go back and add back all the people that are not counted as the labor force. whatelseisnew

    So you want to change the way the current number is counted so the five year old number looks better???? Let me guess, when you start a diet you change from pounds to kilograms because the number looks lower....

  • Nancy Mar 18, 6:56 p.m.

    "WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates increased in half of U.S. states in January from December, as employers nationwide added the fewest jobs in seven months.

    The Labor Department said Monday that unemployment rates rose in 25 states. They fell in only 8 states and were unchanged in 17."

    Yup this economy is really recovering!

  • pja1357 Mar 18, 6:49 p.m.

    Terkel - I hope you are not talking to me. Walk a mile in my shoes - I have applied to anything and everything. I was laid off of work after 8 1/2 years working with Alzheimer's families and I also work part time. I am babysitting or whatever I can do to keep my head above water. I have not been hired because people look at my age on paper but yet I go nonstop, am fit (not over weight and am able to do a wide variety of work with a heck of a resume). Find me a job and I am there ready to work.

  • Ex-Republican Mar 18, 6:27 p.m.

    "Great job again, REPUBLICANS!"
    Thank you, geosol!

  • geosol Mar 18, 6:07 p.m.

    Thank you, REPUBLICANS!!!!! The good people of North Carolina are so glad that you are "focused like a laser beam" on that "jobs, Jobs, JOBS!!!!" lie that you used to trick people into voting for you. But at least you banned already banned gay marriage, gave your staff big raises while screeching that "we're BROKE!!", and banned women's breasts. Great job again, REPUBLICANS!

  • junkmail5 Mar 18, 5:40 p.m.

    Go back and add back all the people that are not counted as the labor force. Then you have a more honest representation of the unemployment.- whatelseisnew

    This makes literally no sense.

    If you aren't in the labor force then you're not unemployed. Unless you're counting things like retired people as "unemployed"

    The method for counting unemployed people hasn't changed.

    And even using the U6 number (the "worst" looking one) is down considerably from both the end of the recession and even the first full month of when Obama took office.

  • junkmail5 Mar 18, 5:37 p.m.

    There is nothing wrong with voter ID.-whatelseisnew

    Not true at all... There's quite a few things wrong with it.

    1) There's no evidence of any fraud that it would prevent.

    2) It will cost millions of dollars per state to implement legally.

    3) All those millions will not only be totally wasted since there's no problem to be addressed in the first place, it'll make things WORSE as you'll need to retrain not just tons of poll workers, but millions of voters, and slow the entire process down

    4) It does nothing to address the one place there actually IS fraud in the voting system- absentee ballots.

    5) It puts a disproportionate burden on the elderly and the poor, who will have the hardest time obtaining the ID, even if it's "free" (for example there's a lot of elderly folks who limited or in some cases NO access to their original birth certificates for a myriad of reasons, while still being legal voters)

    What there isn't any of is reasons voter ID is a good idea.

  • mike275132 Mar 18, 5:02 p.m.

    Thankfully, everyone now has a "Green Job" at Solyndra

  • whatelseisnew Mar 18, 4:52 p.m.

    "If you continue to push a bad idea, I'm going to continue to tell you it's a bad idea. And why."

    There is nothing wrong with voter ID. What is a bad idea is many of the laws in place that supposedly control the ability to vote. Our elections are essentially a joke now so far as knowing if the person voting is eligible to vote.

    The sad part of the voter ID is with the push now to give amnesty to millions of additional criminals, it is really pointless to bother. In fact, maybe we should just have all voting open up to the Internet so anyone in the world can vote.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 18, 4:49 p.m.

    "NATIONAL unemployment rate at a 5 year LOW.."

    Wrong.. Go back and add back all the people that are not counted as the labor force. Then you have a more honest representation of the unemployment. Oh did you hear, Obama actually has not spent more than any other President.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 4:49 p.m.

    Boehner saying that there is actually no "debt crisis""

    As did Obama, although Obama is still seeking more spending, not so Boehner.-Nancy

    Didn’t Boehner want to increase the military budget YET AGAIN after we ENDED A WAR???? (First time ever the military’s budget went up after a conflict ended….)

  • teddyspaghetti Mar 18, 4:47 p.m.

    WooHoo2yoo
    I don't think so
    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

  • yankee1 Mar 18, 4:45 p.m.

    House Speaker John Boehner says he "absolutely" trusts President Barack Obama......

    There you go folks. The man Obama laughs at daily hasn't got the sense he was born with. With this kind of ignorance leading the Republicans, there is no chance for the country. Boehner needs to take his lack of common sense and his tears back to Ohio, and soon!

  • whatelseisnew Mar 18, 4:40 p.m.

    That small a bump up post Christmas season layoffs actually isn't too bad. I don't see much of an economic engine driver that would really cause a boom in hiring. Maybe the State can offer HUGE incentives to get companies to hire people. that works doesn't it? Or I know, give FOOD stamps to EVERYBODY. Supposedly that is a vast economic driver.

  • WooHoo2You Mar 18, 4:39 p.m.

    Happy Days are Here Again !

    This Booming Obama Economy!

    Change We Can Believe In !-mike275132

    NATIONAL unemployment rate at a 5 year LOW...

  • junkmail5 Mar 18, 4:28 p.m.

    and for the 50+ times over the last week that you have continued to say this same thing, have you said or suggested anything that would result in a constructive discussion. We can't solve problems if all you do is criticize anyone and everyone who differs from your opinion. So much time on ones hands, so little to do.
    DoingMyBest

    ... what?

    That's the first time I've posted that particular comment at all.

    In fact the voter ID thing is the only one of the 3 items I mentioned that I've _ever_ commented on here.

    But here's a hint for you regarding the voter ID:

    If you continue to push a bad idea, I'm going to continue to tell you it's a bad idea. And why.

    That's how constructive discussions work... someone suggests an idea, people tell them what problems that idea might have.

  • mike275132 Mar 18, 4:21 p.m.

    Happy Days are Here Again !

    This Booming Obama Economy!

    Change We Can Believe In !

  • teddyspaghetti Mar 18, 4:20 p.m.

    I'm with DoingMyBest......I asked quite some time ago for all on this thread to stop the finger pointing and try to work together so we could actually try to come up with some SOLUTIONS....so far the only thing you've done it continue with the hatred and spouting of talking points.

    I am getting the impression that ya'll LIKE to have these banter sessions yet accomplish nothing...........hey, maybe you should all run for office since that's all they do too!

  • teddyspaghetti Mar 18, 4:18 p.m.

    Plenty Coups - yeah we grasp that as much as we do Nancy Pelosi saying that unemployment adds jobs!

  • Nancy Mar 18, 4:14 p.m.

    "Boehner saying that there is actually no "debt crisis""

    As did Obama, although Obama is still seeking more spending, not so Boehner.

  • BANMD Mar 18, 4:10 p.m.

    YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A SCHOLAR TO KNOW THAT IT WAS NEVER DOWN.
    JUST TELLIN' YOU LIES ALL THE TIME TO MAKE THE DEMS LOOK GOOD AND MAKE YOU THINK THEY ARE MAKING IT BETTER.

  • Plenty Coups Mar 18, 4:01 p.m.

    jason-"You mean continual budget cutting and layoffs of state and county employees *doesn't* add more jobs to our econonmy? Gee wiz, I would have never guessed that!"

    Yeah, they never seem to grasp that concept.

  • DoingMyBest Mar 18, 3:59 p.m.

    "The state legislature is far too busy wasting your tax dollars on solving imaginary voter fraud problems, putting their cronies onto state boards, and jacking up the Dix land deal to worry about your silly "job" problems!" JUNK

    and for the 50+ times over the last week that you have continued to say this same thing, have you said or suggested anything that would result in a constructive discussion. We can't solve problems if all you do is criticize anyone and everyone who differs from your opinion. So much time on ones hands, so little to do.

  • RadioDJ Mar 18, 3:50 p.m.

    I've enjoyed reading where Republican leaders have recently been admitting that what they've been saying to the public for the past few years has been "incorrect". Boehner saying that there is actually no "debt crisis" and Tillis saying that the voter ID laws aren't actually about preventing "voter fraud" which doesn't exist in any meaningful level. And yet the folks who've been told this over and over again disbelieve it now because they've for so long bought into all of the propaganda from the far right and ALEC. While purporting to represent "the people", our right wing legislators and governator are representing those who've paid them for that representation, and are moving at light speed to pay back those obligations. I'm so looking forward to another 140+ years of Democratic rule here. Should begin in, oh, 2 years or a little less.

  • dejr88 Mar 18, 3:39 p.m.

    I'm not surprised about this. No one wants to be on unemployment. I've seen what it has done to self esteems and I know one person who felt worthless because he couldn't find a hiring job. I've also noticed that for some reason esc tends to give you the run around about the benefits filed. I flatly refuse to state how I feel about our "wonderful" president, because they're not kind words. For those of you on unemployment, keep your heads up, something will come along.

  • Terkel Mar 18, 3:24 p.m.

    jaydosse, you're right! Rates have certainly gone up in the last couple of years. And the systems are still garbage, and the Americans are still on food stamps.

  • junkmail5 Mar 18, 2:59 p.m.

    U6: 14.3%.- Terkel

    Yup... which is an improvement from the 17.1% it was just after the recession ended

  • hardycitrus Mar 18, 2:43 p.m.

    Don't worry, the GOP state government will spend the next 4 years tackling those vital economic issues of sex, race, and religion.

    That'll help.

  • junkmail5 Mar 18, 2:40 p.m.

    The state legislature is far too busy wasting your tax dollars on solving imaginary voter fraud problems, putting their cronies onto state boards, and jacking up the Dix land deal to worry about your silly "job" problems!

  • miketroll3572 Mar 18, 2:39 p.m.

    been applying for warehouse jobs....ANYTHING!

  • miketroll3572 Mar 18, 2:38 p.m.

    Definitely wishing you luck. Don't get down on those calling you LAZY. Maybe you need to go after their jobs, I'm sure a company would love to hire you for half of their pay.

    Thank you my friend. Nothing I would like better than to get off unemployment. Being 50 and in great shape, I was in the IT field for 20yrs. Lately

  • aetius476 Mar 18, 2:22 p.m.

    "laugh my rump off when they made the big Photo Op for Met Life is coming to Charlotte, and Cary...then Raeford Turkey Plant is cutting 950...hahahahaah." - harmstrong4

    I know, right? You actually have to be a legal citizen to work at MET. What are the 950 Dream Act candidates going to do?

    We need more polluting, filthy, dangerous, low paying slaughter house jobs in the state....

  • Terkel Mar 18, 2:21 p.m.

    From BLS, Feb 2013 adjusted:

    U4 Total unemployed plus discouraged workers, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus discouraged workers: 8.3

    (Discouraged workers, a subset of the marginally attached, have given a job-market related reason for not currently looking for work.)

    U6: 14.3%.

    (U6 includes all those seeking work, whether or not they receive UE.)

    Link: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t15.htm

  • pja1357 Mar 18, 2:09 p.m.

    Are we surprised? When someone is laid off and you can't get hired by the State government because they discriminate against age even though there are people that are in their early 50's that are very well qualified and ready to get back to work. Why doesn't someone investigate that - a lot of positions with the government could be filled and more people would be off unemployment. Isn't this against the law??????

  • rlee1117 Mar 18, 1:53 p.m.

    Nationally, the unemployment rate ticked up in January to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. Employers added only 119,000 jobs, down from 219,000 in December.
    National rate goes down and the state rate goes up. Time for our GOP governor and dominated legislature to do something; just as they promised.
    sparky27604
    Really sparky! Just the facts please!

  • redwolfone Mar 18, 1:48 p.m.

    "Don't forget banksters and Wall St. execs who remain without accountability or prosecution (too big to fail and too big to jail)."

    Yes, Good point! Yet The fed is in the same boat rowing in the same direction with those who should be doing 10 to 20.

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